Luke Cage's Alfre Woodard is also in Captain America: Civil War, but who's she playing?

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Apr 6, 2016, 5:18 PM EDT

When it was revealed that Alfre Woodard had been added to the cast of Captain America: Civil War, rumors that the movie would tie in to Marvel and Netflix's Luke Cage emerged.

A screenshot of the press release sent by Marvel for a special Captain America: Civil War event made the rounds (via MCU Exchange) that not only listed the names of the actors who would attend said event, but also revealed that Alfre Woodard (Star Trek: First Contact) and Community's Jim Rash has been cast in the Marvel film.

Since Alfre Woodard will also star as Mariah Dillard in the upcoming Luke Cage series that stars Mike Colter (Jessica Jones) as the titular Hero for Hire, the news that she would also be in Civil War led many to believe that her character would first appear in Cap’s (Chris Evans) third solo movie before crossing over to Luke Cage


Sadly, that's not what's happening.

According to a story over at ScreenCrush, Woodard will play a completely different character in Civil War than the one she portrays in the Netflix series:

According to sources, Woodard has a small, but pivotal role in the beginning of the film. She’ll be playing the mother of an American citizen who was killed during the Battle of Sokovia in Age of Ultron. Her character has a confrontation with Tony Stark where she lays both guilt and blame at him for the death of her son. It’s this encounter that convinces Tony to back the Sokovia Accords that would regulate The Avengers and other “enhanced individuals.”

Right. So that’s a bit of a bummer, because this could mean that -- as some of us already fear -- there is indeed a growing division within the Marvel Cinematic Universe between the movie and TV sides. And I’m thinking this won’t bode well for the chances of any of the TV characters such as Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) to show up in Avengers: Infinity War. Like, at all.

There’s also the fact that Woodard is an Oscar-nomitated, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress who is a highly recognizable face, and her appearing as two different characters in the MCU may cause a bit of confusion for some viewers. But Woodard was apparently cast in Civil War first and filmed her scenes before she got the role in Luke Cage.

Still, it’s not the first time an actor has appeared as two different characters in the MCU -- and I’m specifically talking about the Marvel Studios films. The most recent example being Enver Gjokaj, who played a New York City policeman in The Avengers (it was a very small role) and then went on to play a major part in Marvel’s Agent Carter as Peggy's (Hayley Atwell) fellow S.S.R. Agent Daniel Sousa on the Marvel TV series.

As for Jim Rash, no word on who the actor will play, but I’m guessing he’ll have a small role, like the one fellow Community cast member Danny Pudi had in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

What do you think?

(via MCU Exchange, ScreenCrush)